Carleton Washburne

Monday Memo - November 28, 2022

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Washburne Families,

We hope that everyone enjoyed a safe, healthy and relaxing Thanksgiving holiday. It was a busy week before the holiday with some of our students completing a walkathon to support Northwestern Settlement house, and another group of our students performing the fall play. Today is the first day of our second trimester at Washburne and it has been wonderful to see the excitement in our students as they begin their new elective courses.

As the weather turns colder, please remember that our doors open for all students each morning at 8:20 AM. Students should be dressed appropriately for winter weather each day. We are thankful and fortunate to have a supportive community that partners with us, as we continue to provide a variety of experiences for our students, preparing them both socially and academically as they continue to high school and beyond.

We also wanted to bring your attention to an event our PTO is hosting for our 8th grade students this Friday after school:

8th Grade Weekend Warmup

Please have your 8th grader join us for a fun afternoon of music, friends, food and fun!

  • When: Friday, December 2nd

  • Time: 3:30-4:30pm

  • Where: Washburne Cafeteria

  • What: A Friday after school hour of fun, weekend warmup, chance to celebrate another week of school with friends and snacks.

  • Admission: $10 (proceeds benefit students charity of Henry’s Heroes)

Click HERE to Register for this event.

Parent Volunteers needed from 3:15pm-5:00pm - Click HERE to Volunteer

Take Care and Be Well,

Andrew Fenton & Ben Horwitz

Washburne Principal & Assistant Principal

What’s Happening in Related Studies

In this section we will be shining the spotlight on our Related Studies program and all the wonderful opportunities available to our Washburne students.

Trimester 1 ended on a high note for the cast and crew of The Complete History of Theatre (abridged) by Matt Thompson. Over 64 Washburne students participated in the fall play as actors, designers, writers, or crew members. The Little Theatre was packed for the evening performance with students, teachers, families, and friends. The cast worked hard to create memorable characters and stage moments and the crew created all of the costumes, sets, props, and lighting and sound elements for the show. Throughout the process, students worked on collaborating and communicating effectively with their peers, solving problems creatively, and developing resilience and self-confidence.

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Cold Weather Process

Students at Washburne do not have to go outside for recess. However, if your child enjoys going outside each day, we ask for your partnership in ensuring that they have proper winter gear for the elements. When the temperature is extremely cold (a feels like temperature of 10 degrees or colder), we will keep all students indoors.

Below are resources we use as guidance for our district to determine if we are outside or staying inside for recess.

Saturday Intramural Basketball Program

Washburne's Intramural Basketball house league program will open for registration tomorrow, 11/29, at 9am. Click HERE to register.

This program is available to all Winnetka residents in grades 7 and 8. The program will start with two team/skill formation days on 12/10 and 12/17 from 12:00-1:30. The program will resume after break on Saturdays for an hour between 12:00-2:00 on the following dates: 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/18, 2/25, 3/4, 3/18 and the Championship Game on Tuesday, 3/21 after school.

This is a fun program for any students who enjoys playing basketball. There will be a playing time rotation, allowing for equal playing time for all. There will also be opportunities for 8th grade leadership roles as team captains.

Any questions - reach out to Andy Becker at

Science Olympiad

Science. . . . is awesome. Science Olympiad is FINALLY BACK!

Practices will begin on Wednesday, November 30th, and will be every Wednesday from 3:35-4:30pm in Ms. Berna's room (W221N).

Please reach out to Ms. Berna at if you have any questions.

Washburne Art Club

Art club is new and is open to all Washburne students.

This club will provide materials and individual guidance for 7th and 8th grade students who have an interest in art and have projects they want to work on. Come with your ideas!

Registration opens at 9:00am on Tuesday, November 15th. Sign up via the District Web Store.

Class will take place on Wednesdays beginning 11/30 - 5/24 from 3:30- 4:30 in the Art Room C302.

Math Counts

Do you have a deep passion for math?

Do you want to learn new concepts and compete with other schools in a National Competition? You should join our District MathCounts Team!!

We will be meeting on Tuesdays after school from 3:45-4:45 pm in Room 181 at Skokie School.

Our first session is November 29th, 2022. You can find the club on the District website under Skokie > Non-Sports.

Please reach out to Mr. DeGiulio at with any questions.

CW Cardio/Resistance Training Club is Back!

Students can attend any & all of the Tues./Weds./Thurs. sessions, depending on their own schedule! Participating students will receive 3 hours a week in the fitness room, providing an opportunity to workout, while being supervised by a certified KW teacher. All students are welcome to join us as we set goals, work on personal training habits, and establish a routine for lifetime fitness.

If you have any questions contact: Mrs. Florance (KW Dept) - 847-446-5892 x 3179 OR

TUES/WEDS/THURS- Nov. 19, 2022 thru MAR 23, 2023 - 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

The club meets in the Washburne Cardio Room

Open to 7th and 8th Grade

Registration Link

District 36 News

Online Registration Open for Incoming Kindergarteners & New Students for the 2023-2024 School Year

Registration for incoming kindergarteners and students new to The Winnetka Public Schools in 2023-2024 is now open on the District website and via

Children who will be five-years-old on or before September 1, 2023, are eligible to enroll.

The new student registration process is completed in three steps:

  1. Complete new student pre-registration forms online beginning November 16, 2022.

  2. Provide the original or certified copy of your child(ren)'s birth certificate and a parent photo ID. The certified copy can be submitted in person at the District Office. If you have the original birth certificate, you may bring it to the District Office to be photocopied. The District Office is at 1235 Oak St., Winnetka.

  3. Provide proof of residency and paper registration forms. For your convenience, all required residency documents may be uploaded during online registration. Click here to view the list of documents that will meet these requirements as well as the other forms required for registration (Registration Forms & Information).

Children will not be considered enrolled until both the online and paper portion of registration has been completed and residency documentation is verified. If you have any questions, please contact the District Office at 847-446-9400.

Winnetka Voices Podcast Premieres!

Winnetka Voices is a podcast hosted by The Winnetka Public Schools, featuring candid conversations on issues relevant to education and shared resources to support our students and families.

Premiere Episode:

Fostering Post-Pandemic Growth & Resilience for our Children

Dr. Kelly Tess, Superintendent, speaks with Ms. Carly Andrews, Executive Director of The Alliance for Early Childhood, on how we can best support our childrens’ social and emotional needs, academic growth, and socialization in the wake of the pandemic.

Listen here:

Apple Podcast

iHeart Radio


Click here for resources and events from The Alliance for Early Childhood.

Text-for-Help Available to Support Student Safety & Well-Being

Text-for-Help is is intended to provide confidential support to students at school. This resource is available 24/7, 365 days a year, completely anonymous, and staffed by fully-licensed counselors on the other end. Based on the students’ needs and preferences, a counselor will then direct the user to further assistance.

For further details about the tool, please review this recent Winnetka Parents Institute Session.

Winnetka Parents Institute

The District is offering an array of upcoming educational sessions for families and community members. Click here for session dates and more information. Fall sessions include SEL-related topics and technology tips for parents regarding maneuvering the ever-changing landscape of technology, social media, and phones.

Up Next:

Developing a Family Charter- District Implementation of RULER

Danielle Klimak (SEL Coach)

In this presentation we will be taking a closer look at one of the 4 RULER anchor tools: The Charter. A Charter is a tool that can be used to help create a positive and supportive social-emotional environment at school or home. A Charter helps to explore how we want to feel and what we can do to ensure that everyone has those feelings more consistently. In this presentation you will learn about the benefits of a Charter and how to create a Charter in the home setting.

December 12, 2022

9:00-10:00 AM

Resource Center at Washburne School


RSVP here

Parent Education Sessions from District Partner Family Action Network (FAN):

For upcoming events, access FAN’s website here.

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Time to Gather Up Your Plastic Bags...

The TREX Plastic Film Challenge Started on November 15th!

Each year Go Green Winnetka and all District 36 schools participate in this program, which enlists schools to collect plastic bags and wrap, which are then recycled and made into alternate wood products. The Challenge runs from November 15 - April 15, with winners announced on Earth Day. During this time, bins are placed at D36 schools to collect the *plastics listed below.

●Grocery bags

●Bread bags

●Case overwrap (e.g. water, soda and juice bottles)

●Dry cleaning bags

●Newspaper sleeves

●Ice bags

●Wood pellet bags

●Ziplock and other reclosable bags

●Produce bags

●Bubble wrap

●Salt bags

●Cereal bags

*Please note, all plastics must be clean, dry, and free of food residue.

Contact with any questions.

Upcoming Dates

Monday, November 28th: Beginning of 2nd Trimester

Saturday, December 3rd: New Trier Testing for 8th Grade Students

Friday, December 9th: 1st Trimester Report Cards Available in Powerschool